The New York Giants (2-6) stepped into Philly and got their 2nd win of the season, defeating their divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) 15-7. The Giants won their 2nd game in a row after starting the season 0-6 and are now only two games behind the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East lead.
Who needs a touchdown with the way the Giants defense have been playing as of late. Eli Manning and the Giants offense were unable to find the end zone, but Josh Brown’s five field goals were all the Giants needed to win.
The Giants defense led by Antrel Rolle, who played a great game, shut the Eagles offense out of the end zone. Eagles turned over the ball three times and were unable to find a rhythm on offense throughout the game. The only Eagles touchdown came off a bad snap by Zak DeOssie which flew over Steve Weatherford’s head. Instead of kicking the ball through the end zone for a safety, Weatherford tried to recover the ball and instead the ball was recovered by Najee Goode who ran it in for a touchdown.
After giving up 209 points during their 6-game losing streak, the Giants defense has only given up 14 points during their current 2-game win streak. They have also prevented their opponent from scoring a touchdown for their second game in a row.
Finally, they were able to get pressure on the quarterback and recorded four sacks in the game; which are the most sacks they’ve recorded in a game this season. They were also very stout against the run and looked like the Giants defense of old. If their defense continues to play like this, they will remain in the hunt for the NFC East.
Next week is a bye week for the Giants and it gives them the opportunity to work on a few issues for the second half of the season. The Giants go into the bye week feeling good with two wins in a row and hopefully they’ll be able to build on that.
Their next match up will be against the Oakland Raiders at Metlife Stadium. This is a very winnable game for the Giants, especially off a bye week where the players will get a chance to rest and work on a lot of their weaknesses as a team. The NFC East is wide open with the Cowboys collapsing late against the Detroit Lions (this definitely put a smile on a lot of Giants’ fans faces), and both the Eagles and Washington Redskins losing this week. If the Giants can string together some wins, they’ll still have a chance to win the NFC East. No team has proven that they’re a threat and right now, the Giants are probably the most confident team within the division.
Key stats: Eli Manning managed the game well completing 25 of 39 pass attempts for 246 yards. Peyton Hills had a good game on the ground, rushing for 70 yards on 20 rushing attempts. Hills was also huge in the passing game, making key blocks against the Eagles’ blitz. Both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks led all Giants receivers with 7 receptions each for 86 yards and 51 yards, respectively.
On defense, Terrell Thomas led the Giants with 11 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. Antrel Rolle had a great game with 5 tackles, a sack, and a interception; he was all over the field. Will Hill also contributed with 5 tackles and a interception. Linval Joseph and Mathias Kiwanuka also had a sack each.
Michael Vick only completed 6 of 9 pass attempts for 30 yards and a interception. His replacement, Matt Barkley completed 17 of 26 pass attempts for 158 yards, a interception, and a fumble. LeSean McKoy couldn’t get much on the ground and was held to 48 yards on 15 rushing attempts. DeSean Jackson led Eagles receivers with 8 receptions for 63 yards.
Mychal Kendricks led the Eagles defense with 12 tackles. Fletcher Cox also had 4 tackles and a sack.
Key Notes: Michael Vick was taken out of the game in the 2nd quarter due to a hamstring injury. Eli Manning became the Giants all-time leader in passing yards, passing Phil Simms. Manning has thrown for 33,694 yards in his career.
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